Friday, January 17, 2014

Captain Phillips - Movie Review

did manage to watch the movie Captain Phillips. It was pretty intense at times, but slow as well.

I 'm not sure why they don't carry fully automatic weapons or at least AR-15's to protect themselves. Still playing it safe, they did the right thing.

What they should have done is spent more time focussing on the Seal Team setup and execution of the task. It truly is amazing that they had 3 snipers all who had to get in sync to take out the pirates from a moving ship and shooting at a moving ship.

Overall a pretty good movie, but I wouldn't put it in the Oscar category.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lone Survivor - Movie Review

Watched the movie Lone Survivor staring Mark Wahlberg before I head out to deer hunt tomorrow. Here's a summary of the story:

“ Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive.

This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates' heroism and mutual support renders an experience that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.”

Marky Mark plays Marcus Luttrell in the movie along with a couple of other known actors, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Taylor Kitsch. Play the four men who go out to do recon work for the US Military.

The film gets pretty intense with a lot of blood and violence. They do a great job of keeping up the intensity from start to finish.

As we all know there is one survivor, but what they do well in this film is to show us how insane the members of al Qaeda are and how relentless they are.

By the end of this film you may want to hunt down all kill every al Qaeda member around.

I highly recommend seeing this film.